GB CULTURAL INFO: Zone 2a-7b/Matures ? yrs/Height 8-20 ft
DAYS TO MATURITY: 4 years
SEED CODE: C
SEEDS PER PACKET: 25
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Seeds need at least 2 months of warm moist and dark (in soil) folloed by 6 months of cold. Will then sprout as weather warms. So, plant in a pot and set outside in summer, leaving the pot outside all winter. Portect from birds and mice, and keep from drying out. Prepare a permanent site that is rich, moist, and weed-free in partial shade. For use, harvest a small strip of bark vertically on the trunk, or prune off whole branches and take use all the bark and twigs for tea.
BOTANICAL INFO: Viburnum opulus
DESCRIPTION: Commonly grown as an ornamental, with clusters of lacecap flowers in spring and red berries. It is also cultivated as a component of hedgerows, cover plantings. Grows best on moist, moderately alkaline soils, though tolerating most soil types well (ph 5.6-7.8). This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater.
The dried bark is used in a tincture, known as "Cramp Bark," to alleviate painful menstrual cramps. Bark gives amazing relief for any musclular cramp--back pain, menstrual cramps, tense muscles, abdominal. This herb is often used for treating feminine problems like menstrual cramps, postpartum discomfort, preventing miscarriages and internal hemorrhages and is used as a uterine sedative also. Additionally, it has a reputation for lowering diastolic blood pressure because of a reputed action on smooth muscle, and is both a smooth and skeletal muscle relaxant and antispasmodic.
The fruit is edible in small quantities, with a very acidic taste; it can be used to make jelly. It is however very mildly toxic, and may cause vomiting or diarrhea if eaten in large amounts (Plants for a Future). This can be reduced by drying the bark first.